Considered the heart of the city, this neighborhood centers on the 350-acre Zilker Park. The grassy fields alongside Lady Bird Lake harbor soccer players, kite fliers and other outdoorsy types, while swimmers of all varieties flock year-round to Barton Springs Pool, a spring-fed watering hole with tons of history. Also on park grounds is the Zilker Botanical Garden, a beautiful oasis filled with rose gardens, a Japanese garden and more, along with casts of dinosaur tracks discovered there in the early 1990s.

Zilker Park doubles as the grounds for a handful of annual events, including Fourth of July festivities, the kite festival and the well-known Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Fun, locally owned restaurants sprinkled throughout the area are tourist favorites, including Shady Grove, Romeo's and most tourists' favorite Tex-Mex joint, Chuy's.


Barton Springs Saloon
Green Mesquite Barbeque & More
City Terrace
Dougherty Arts Center
Long Center
Daily Juice
Casa De Luz
Zachary Scott Theatre Center
Flipnotics Coffeespace Cafe
Auditorium Shores
Paggi House
Shady Grove
Irie Bean Coffee Bar


Zilker Botanical Garden
Capital Cruises
Annual Austin Rugby Tournament
Austin Nature and Science Center
Austin Shakespeare Festival
McBeth Recreation Center
Barton Springs Pool
Zilker Park
Austin City Limits Music Festival
Gamblin Field
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Zilker Playground
Mi Casa Gallery
Texas Rowing Center


Capital Cruises
Daily Juice
Uncle Billy's Brew & Que
Green Mesquite Barbeque & More
P. Terry's Burger Stand
Sandy's Hamburgers
Flip Happy Crêpes
Casa De Luz
Thundercloud Subs
Shady Grove

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